General Chaos

DeLay Gets DeLaw on his DeRierre

Texas grand jury indicts DeLay: “House majority leader accused of criminal conspiracy forced to temporarily step down from leadership post; 2 others charged in campaign finance case

A Texas grand jury today indicted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and two political associates, charging them with a conspiracy to violate Texas campaign finance laws. DeLay said he was temporarily stepping down from his post as the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

(Via news headlines.)

Gee, it couldn’t have happened to a crasser guy. DeLay, despite sounding almost moderately sane in the wake of Katrina when objecting to the Bush administration’s handling of things, has been playing nasty hardball as the big swinging dick of Texas politics for much of the past decade. He set loose the feds on Texas Democrats who left the state in an attempt to block a heinous redistricting DeLay had authored; he’s been pushing around everyone in Austin before and since. And now comes the payback.


What would Jesus Crank?

OK, this whole Christian “punk” thing is starting to get to me. I mean, straightedge I got, ok. And I can almost stand Relient K’sBe My Escape for a few seconds before I have to change the station (thank God for the Sirius radio in my new ride).
But only that long. Christian Emo, I dub thee “ChEmo,” a treatment worse than the disease.

Relient K is, at least at some levels, more naively tolerable than past efforts at merging the music trend of the moment with Christian themes…anybody remember Stryper and Christian Metal? And there are some tolerable exceptions to what ranges from otherwise overly-earnest to outright proselytizing. Switchfoot is one case where the form overcomes the substance to the point where, if you didn’t know they were escapees from the Xtian charts, you wouldn’t care.

However, the rest of the crowd (like Audio Adrenaline, for example) sounds like they’ve escaped off an edgy remix of a VeggieTales soundtrack, or like Avril Lavigne covering Amy Grant songs.

It’s almost enough to make someone go Goth.